The publisher of the Safe Snack Guide, a resource relied upon by thousands of schools, camps, youth sports leagues and scouting groups nationwide to implement nut-free policies, announces that Utz Quality Foods, Hanover, PA, has joined its Manufacturer Partnership. The privately held snack brand manufactures and distributes a variety of potato chips, pretzels and savory snacks throughout the East Coast.
“Utz recognizes the dangers of food allergies and anaphylaxis,” says Chuck Tullis, vice president of Utz Brands. “We pride ourselves on the quality-control measures we employ to limit the possibility for cross-contact of allergens in our manufacturing facilities. The SnackSafely.com program provides the perfect opportunity to showcase our commitment, while introducing our products to the community of families coping with food allergies.
“We fully support greater disclosure of our manufacturing practices to help better inform consumers with severe food allergies. SnackSafely.com’s platform provides the best means for such disclosure, with provisions ranging from straightforward data collection to wide distribution via the Safe Snack Guide.”
Dave Bloom, CEO of SnackSafely.com, says, “We are pleased to welcome Utz to our growing partnership of manufacturers, all of which are committed to providing more information regarding the potential for allergen exposure than the [Food and Drug Administration] requires on the label.
“Utz is an iconic brand enjoyed and trusted by consumers since 1921. In partnering with us, we will extend that trust to the millions of consumers seeking products that are compatible with their specific allergen concerns.”
The SnackSafely.com platform provides a proprietary portal for manufacturers to disclose how 11 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk soy, wheat fish, shellfish, gluten, sesame and mustard) are processed during the manufacture of their products. In return, qualifying products earn listings in the Safe Snack Guide and SnackSafely.com’s upcoming app, which allows individuals with multiple food allergies/intolerances to screen products based upon their dietary restrictions.